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Research and Practice in Technology and Aging


  • David Burdick PhD
  • Sunkyo Kwon PhD, Dipl-Psych

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Two "megatrends" of modern culture are rapid population aging and the inexorable advances in various technologies encountered by the population at large.

This comprehensive volume explores the intersections of technology with aging and serves as both a primer and reference for educators, students, researchers, and practitioners. It includes concepts from the basics of gerotechnologyóperson-environment fitóto the core activity fieldsócomputer and assistive devices and their practical applicationsóto models, or prototypes for technical development and its application to everyday life.

Thought-provoking concluding chapters address ethical concerns for the future as well as offer new perspectives or context to ideas and innovations explored earlier.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 04, 2004
  • Page Count 320
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826125163
  • EISBN 9780826197535

Table of Contents 

    Table and Figures
    About the Authors
    Foreword: Timeless Technology for All Ages, S. Kwon and D.C. Burdick
    Preface, N. Charness
    Section A: Basic Aspects of Gerotechnology
  1. Technology in Everyday Life for Older Adults, W.A. Rogers, C.B. Mayhorn, and A.D. Fisk
  2. Perceptual Aspects of Gerotechnology, C.T. Scialfa, G. Ho, and J. Laberge
  3. Designing Technology Based on Cognitive Aging Principles, C.B. Mayhorn, W.A. Rogers, and A.D. Fisk
  4. Aging and Technology--Social Science Approaches, H. Mollenkopf

  5. Section B: Computers, Older Adults and Caregivers
  6. Why Older Adults Use or Do Not Use the Internet, R.W. Morrell, C.B. Mayhorn, and K.V. Echt
  7. Increasing Access to Reliable Information on the World Wide Web: Educational Tools for Web Designers, Older Adults, and Caregivers, A.E. Benbow
  8. Computer-Mediated Communication and Its Use in Support Groups for Family Caregivers, K.A. Smyth & S. Kwon

  9. Section C: Assistive Technology in the Home and Environment
  10. Assistive Technology as Tools for Everyday Living and Community Participation While Aging, J. Hammel
  11. Monitoring Household Occupant Behaviors to Enhance Safety and Well-Being, D.M. Kutzik and A.P. Glascock
  12. Home, Safe Home: Household and Safety Assistive Technology, M.H. Parker, D. Sabata
  13. Technologies to Facilitate Health and Independent Living in Elderly Populations, B.Q. Tran

  14. Section D: Models, Prototypes, and Specific Applications of Gerotechnology
  15. Technology and the Culture of Change: Application of Aviation Human Factors Research to Health Care Systems, K.V. Ujimoto
  16. Driving Simulation and Older Adults, G.W. Rebok and P. Keyl
  17. The Dr. Tong Louie Living Laboratory: A Unique Facility for the Research and Development of Assistive Technology, J. Watzke
  18. New Participative Tools in Product Development for Seniors, H.L. Dienel, A. Peine, and H. Cameron

  19. Section E: Cautions, Integration and Synthesis
  20. Ethical Realities: The Old, the New, and the Virtual, G. Lesnoff-Caravaglia

  21. Epilogue: Applications to Aging Are Helping Human Factors and Ergono, J.L. Fozard
    About the Authors